Jasmine rice is mainly grown in Thailand. It is a fragrant variety of long-grain rice. This variety of rice is the most common type of rice used in Thai and other Southeast Asian dishes.
Also known as Thai Hom Mali or Thai fragrant rice, Jasmine rice is prized for its mellow nutty flavor, light fluffy texture, and floral scent. The aroma is naturally occurring and can differ based on where the Jasmine rice is harvested.
When the rice is fresh, the scent is strongest and may diminish completely in older rice, especially when Jasmine rice is stored improperly. Therefore, jasmine rice should be used within 6 months of purchase and always kept in an airtight container. Even though this rice is not considered a sticky rice, it is slightly more glutinous compared to regular white rice. Jasmine rice can be bought unpolished (brown) or polished (white). Other varieties may depend on the season in which Jasmine rice is harvested.
Spring rice will have more delicate flavor while rice harvested later in the season will be robust and strong. The rice is often compared to Indian basmati rice, another popular long-grain rice. Although similar to the aromatic basmati rice, aroma, texture, and flavor of Jasmine rice are slightly different. In addition, before being sold, basmati rice is aged. For die-hard foodies, basmati rice is best served with Indian cuisines, whereas Jasmine rice should be reserved for Thai dishes.
Jasmine rice can be prepared just like regular white rice even though it often requires less water. However, for many of us who are English speakers, English cooking instructions are often printed on the packaging of brands sold within the country. This rice is especially fluffy and light when steamed as opposed to boiled. Having said that, bamboo steam baskets and rice cookers are great options for cooking Jasmine rice.
Even though Jasmine rice is primarily grown in Thailand, it has increased in popularity in many other countries around the world. Today, Jasmine rice is cultivated outside of Thailand and can be found in many supermarkets throughout the United States.
Jasmine Rice Recipe
- 1 and 1⁄2 cups of water Or you can use Jasmine tea instead
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of jasmine rice
- 2 teaspoons of butter
- In the first step, bring water, butter, and salt to a boil.
- Now, stir in rice using a fork.
- Bring back to a boil and then cut heat to simmer.
- In the last step, cover and cook for about 15 minutes.